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Memories Of The Raj

Experience more with so much included

  • Wonder at the grand colonial buildings of New Delhi
  • Visit the British Residency at Lucknow, which withstood two sieges during the ‘Indian Mutiny’
  • Discover Varanasi, see the famous Aarti ceremony and enjoy a boat ride on the Ganges
  • Rickshaw ride in Varanasi
  • Visit Sarnath and see its 1,700-year old Stupa
  • Explore all the major colonial sights of Calcutta, the old capital of India
  • Stay three nights in Darjeeling at the iconic Windamere Hotel
  • Visit and have a tasting at working tea factory
  • Travel on the Darjeeling steam-driven ‘Toy Train’
  • See the sunrise across the Himalayas
  • Return flights and transfers
  • 12 nights in four and five-star accommodation
  • Daily breakfast and four meals
  • Services of an experienced and insightful Riviera Travel tour manager throughout

 Selected departures available from February to November 2020

 
At a Glance
NEW TOUR FOR 2020
12 nights in 4 & 5-star hotels
15 meals: 11 breakfasts, 1 lunch & 3 dinners
Return flights & transfers
Daily visits & tours
Expert tour manager
Checked Luggage
 

Overview

To paraphrase Jane Austen, it is a truth universally acknowledged that the recent histories of India and Britain are inextricably intertwined. This tour will highlight how this relationship developed and finally evolved into Indian independence. 

We’ll visit Calcutta, the capital of India during the time that it was governed by the mighty East India Company and discover how it developed its economic success with the famous tea estates in Darjeeling. We will also see the negative consequences, with the remains of the siege of the British Residency in Lucknow. Along the way, we’ll also visit India’s oldest city, Varanasi, the Holy City for Hindus, who come to bathe in the waters of the Ganges.

On this inspiring tour, we’ll also travel on the famous Indian Railway system, the largest in the world, en route to Varanasi. Spectacularly located along the Ganges, this spiritual city is known for its bustling atmosphere and the sights and sounds along the city’s famous bathing ‘ghats’, where it sometimes seems the whole of India has come to wash in the holy ‘Mother Ganges’. We’ll take an exciting rickshaw ride through the teeming streets and enjoy the sights from our boat ride on the river. Next morning, we will wake by sunrise to enjoy another peaceful boat ride along the soft, misty water. 

Towards the end of the tour, you will be transported to tea lovers’ paradise; Darjeeling. Taking the famed steam ‘Toy Train’ from the famous hill station and epicentre of tea production, marvel at the peaks of the Himalayas, which can be seen in the distance. Be sure to rise early and join us at Tiger Hill, for the most memorable sunrises on a clear day. We will also head to a nearby Buddhist monastery in Ghoom, to understand their modest and peaceful way of life. 

Of course, this is a great chance to try the authentic cuisine of the India, too. With a variety of stop offs and well-located hotels, you will be able to delight in some regional Indian dishes on most evenings. With New Delhi famously home to butter chicken and macher jhol (spicy fish curry) from Calcutta, there is plenty of variety for all tastes. Why not try some incredible Indian sweets, such as rosogulla (milk-based dessert) or a dhokla (a sweet made from chickpeas)? 

This incredible trip really does bring together some fascinating treasures of the country, whether it be the remarkable history and architecture, the memorable landscapes or the amazing methods of transport, waiting to take you on an unforgettable journey.  

Your Itinerary

Price Includes

The price of this holiday is per person based on two people sharing a twin room. Single rooms are subject to availability at the relevant supplement. The price includes:

  • Return flights
  • Overseas transfers
  • Airport taxes
  • Checked luggage (as per airline's allowance)
  • 12 nights in four and five-star hotels
  • Daily breakfast
  • 1 lunch
  • 3 dinners
  • Touring as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Services of a Riviera Travel tour manager

Useful Information

Fact File

  • Currency: Indian Rupee
  • Deposit: £200 per person
  • Flight time: Approx. 8 hrs 30 mins
  • Language: Hindi
  • Time zone: GMT+5.5
  • Country: India

Health

Whilst the travelling schedule shall pose no problems for people of any age in normal physical health, we would point out that in visiting a number of historical sites, paths may be uneven and uphill and we often enjoy walking tours of the main sights. Therefore, this holiday may not be suitable for clients of greatly impaired mobility. In the tropics temperatures and humidity levels will also be quite high for most of the year. Please consult your GP regarding the appropriate inoculations required for India at least a month before departure.

Mobility

We want to ensure you make the correct choice before you book your holiday with us. If you have any concerns regarding the suitability of the holiday due to reduced mobility we would encourage you to call us to discuss these concerns. General information on mobility in connection with our tours can be found here.

Visa Information

All British passport holders require a visa for India. Please ensure that you have at least two empty pages in your passport and that your passport is valid for a minimum of 190 days from the time of submitting your visa application. At the time of departure you will be able to travel as long as both the passport and the visa are valid.

Personal applications: to apply for an Indian visa please visit www.vfsglobal.com/india/uk where you can apply, pay online and schedule an appointment to submit your application in person at your nearest centre, dependent on your home address.

Online applications: British passport holders are now eligible to apply for an e-visa online, you must ensure your passport is machine readable and has a biometric chip (without this you may be denied entry into India). The cost of a single entry 30-day tourist e-visa is US$25.00 and will be converted into pounds by your bank. The website to apply for the e-visa is: indianvisaonline.gov.in. Here you will find all the information to assist you with the completion of your application.

Postal applications: you must either apply and pay online, print off the completed application form, payment confirmation and submit by post; or alternatively, you must apply online, print off the completed application and submit along with payment by postal order. Personal cheques are NOT accepted. In both cases you must submit your passport along with a self-addressed stamped envelope and two, 2x2” passport photos to: 

India Visa Application Centre (West London),
The Vista Centre,
First Floor – Part A
Block 50
Salisbury Road,
Hounslow,
TW4 6JQ

Full details of costs, application form and addresses can be found on www.vfsglobal.com/india/uk, email: info.inuk@vfshelpline.com or tel: 0905 7570045 (calls cost 95p per minute).

Visa fees are subject to change without notice and non-refundable. 

Whilst care has been taken to ensure that the information provided relating to visa requirements is true and correct at the time of publication, changes in requirements after this time of publication may impact on the accuracy of this information. therefore, whilst we strive to provide the most up-to-date information, we strongly suggest that you re-confirm requirements with the relevant embassy prior to travel.

Transfer Times

All transfer times listed here are approximate, and dependent on traffic. If you have a question regarding transfer times please don't hesitate to contact us

Arrival airport First hotel location Transfer time Final hotel location Departure airport Transfer time
Delhi - Indira Gandhi International Airport Delhi 10 mins Delhi Delhi - Indira Gandhi International Airport 10 mins


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